Brocade One: Making The Data Center Simple

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Next, there's the Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS) offering, which according to Brocade boosts multipath Ethernet networking performance for lower latency and other benefits, while supporting any-to-any connectivity. VCS clusters will support 1,000 10g Ethernet ports and 10,000 virtual machines, all managed as a single switch, according to Stevens, with no Spanning Tree support and the ability for each link to be self-healing, among a range of other features.

Three new Brocade switches are included in the VCS offering, including 24-port, 48-port and 60-port 10g models. Each includes new application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC), and an operating system called Brocade Network OS that will converge Fibre Channel and IP services using a Linux-based core.

Additional switches and an element management system for VCS are also on the way, Stevens said.

All of the new converged fabric products and services -- some of the most advanced data networking products Brocade has introduced since completing its acquisition of Foundry -- will be available through Brocade and its channel partners in the first quarter of its fiscal 2011, which ends on Jan. 30, 2011.

Brocade did not provide specific pricing details Wednesday.

During the Brocade Technology Day presentations, McHugh and other Brocade executives also touted channel growth and its various OEM and industry partnerships, showing videos of everyone from Avnet CEO Roy Vallee to Dell CEO Michael Dell talking up Brocade partnership benefits, and describing how the Brocade One strategy would be applied to enterprise and service provider customers alike.

"This is the epitome of making simplified networking at the access layer," Stevens said.

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